October Looks to be Big for VR

Fans and stakeholders in virtual reality need to mark two dates on their calendar in October. On Oct. 4, Google will unveil Daydream, its upgrade to the Google Cardboard mobile VR headset. The set promises to be VR compatible with a wide range of smartphones, bringing a higher... More

Microsoft Continues Aggressive AI Push with Creation of New Business Group

Microsoft continued its aggressive artificial intelligence (AI) initiatives Sept. 29, announcing the creation of the Microsoft AI and Research Group. The news came only one day after an announcement that it formed the Partnership on AI with Amazon, DeepMind/Google, Facebook and I... More

HITS 2016: Pixar Storyteller to Talk Big Data

Matthew Luhn, who spent 23 years working as a storyteller, consultant, writer and instructor at Pixar Animation Studios, will be the first keynote to take the stage Oct. 18 in Los Angeles at the HITS Fall: Digipalooza Conference, and attendees may be in for a surprise from someon... More

Media, Tech Execs: Live OTT Streaming Remains Challenging

Over-the-top (OTT) live video streaming remains challenging, so using experienced managed solution providers to handle the job is the best option for content companies, according to media and tech company executives who participated in a Kaltura-sponsored webinar Sept. 28. The... More

IBM, Microsoft Among Founders of New AI Alliance

Looking to establish best practices and advance public understanding of artificial intelligence (AI), some of America’s biggest tech companies have banded together to form a new alliance: the Partnership on AI. IBM, Amazon, Google, Facebook and Microsoft are the founders of ... More

Amazon Debuts New Fire TV Stick

Amazon Sept. 28 unveiled the latest version of its Fire TV Stick, a $40 streaming device that includes an Alexa Voice Remote and access to more than 7,000 channels and apps. Amazon said the new version runs 30% faster than the original. The Alexa Voice Remote gives owners the ... More

Dell, Sirius XM Execs Tout Growth Opportunities at Deutsche Bank Conference

Despite challenges, there are still growth opportunities ahead for Dell Technologies and Sirius XM Radio, executives from the companies said at the Deutsche Bank Leveraged Finance Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., Sept. 27. Dell Technologies is focusing on three separate sales ... More

M&E Journal: Virtual Reality: Visual Storytelling’s Quantum Leap

By Ramón Bretón, Chief Technology Officer, 3rd i QC - Since the days of the first magic lantern shows, the art of visual storytelling has evolved, becoming more lifelike with each step. At the dawn of the twentieth century, slide shows gave way to black-and-white moving pict... More

Fan TV Hits Apple TV, Roku

TiVo-owned content discovery platform Fan TV has been upgraded with new personalization and discovery features, and is now available on both Apple TV and Roku, TiVo announced Sept. 27. Available as a free app for Android, iOS and Amazon Fire devices as well, Fan TV is used by ... More

SAS Study: Millennials Want More From Their Data

A new study by SAS finds that the Millennial generation is also the "Data Generation," more aware of the value of their personal information and more demanding of the results that come with revealing their personal information. The study found that eight out of 10 of those sur... More